11/25/14 5:07pm

Meet your Alexandria, Virginia Neighbors: The Rutherford Family
Meet Your Alexandria Neighbors is a new series on Red Brick Town that will feature a profile of a local neighbor from one of the many neighborhoods in Alexandria, Virginia. Know someone we should reach out to? Would you be interested in being featured? Email us at this link.

I moved to Alexandria nine years ago with my husband. We bought our first home in Del Ray and then moved to Beverly Hills when we outgrew our townhouse with the arrival of our daughter. I love the small town feel of the city, but it still has all the perks of being so close to DC. I was drawn to Alexandria because I wanted a child (and dog!) friendly community that didn’t feel cookie cutter. You really know you’re in Alexandria and not just another development that could be anywhere.

I own an event and party planning firm, Untangled Events, that specializes in home entertaining. I do everything from birthday and anniversary parties to holiday gatherings and weddings.

Lives: Beverly Hills

Any unexpected surprises after you moved in?? I knew there were a lot of kids in the neighborhood, but the number of children playing on the block was a pleasant surprise. My daughter’s best friend from preschool turned out to live around the corner, leading to lots of neighborhood fun.

First Impressions of Beverly Hills… It seemed like the kind of place where people set down roots and really committed to being active members of the community.

Name your three favorite things about Alexandria… Being from California, I love the historic nature of the town. That wasn’t something I grew up with. I love Old Town and all it’s charms. I especially love when the trees are all covered in white twinkle lights. Art on the Avenue in Del Ray is probably my favorite event of the year. It’s a great opportunity to support local artists and seek out new favorite items. I really love a cape and eye mask I picked up for my godson one year.

Name three things you wish Alexandria had (but which it currently does not)… I think a beer garden would be a fun edition to the city. After being introduced to good Italian bakeries in Rhode Island by my husband I wish we had one here. I would love a couple more independent toy stores. I’m always on the hunt for birthday party gifts and holiday gifts and I don’t want everything to be Frozen themed!

Favorite neighborhood hangouts? Dos Amigos, Cheesetique, Virtue Feed and Grain, Buzz Bakery.

11/25/14 12:23pm

Signatures supporting Harris Teeter in Old Town North neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia becoming a permanent 24 hour operation
We were the only outlet that told you that there was some confusion over the operating hours at the new Harris Teeter in the Old Town North neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. Now, as part of the re-application process, Harris Teeter is gathering signatures from the community when you checkout.

I have signed, what about you? Should Harris Teeter be allowed to run 24 hours?

11/25/14 9:06am

Penn Holderness and his family are well known for their YouTube parody videos and by and large have become a holiday tradition. After all, it seems like every holiday the family appears on YouTube to deliver a cheesy, family-oriented parody of a pop song which began when their 2013 holiday video “Christmas Jammies” racked up 14 + million views.

This Thanksgiving, the family has made a turkey-inspired parody of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” appropriately titled “All About That Baste.”

Click play and prepare to laugh.

11/25/14 8:30am

Your extraordinary home for sale in Taylor Run

This extraordinary 3 bedroom, 2 bath condominium is for sale and located at 53 Skyhill Road in the Taylor Run neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. Check out the kitchen!

Via the listing

Adorable and Affordable. And oh so close to Old Town Alexandria! Spacious 3BR, 2BA condo in beautifully maintained Seminary Walk community. New Paint and Carpet. Many updates including kitchen. Plenty of parking. Near bus lines and just a hop to the King Street Metro. Quick settlement possible. You can be home for the holidays!

Contact the Realtor at this link if you’re interested in more information about this property.

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11/24/14 4:29pm

All City of Alexandria government offices will be closed on Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Refuse Collection: Residential trash and recycling will be collected on the regularly scheduled day during the week of November 24, including Thanksgiving Day, November 27. On Thanksgiving Day, trash and recycling collection will begin at 6 a.m., in order to clear routes early for the Annual Turkey Trot.

Health Facilities: The Alexandria Health Department (4480 King St.) and the Flora Krause Casey Health Center (1200 N. Howard St.) will close at noon on Wednesday, November 26 and remain closed on November 27 and 28. The Teen Wellness Center at T.C. Williams High School (3330 King St.) will be closed on November 27 and 28.

Historic Alexandria: All museums will be closed on November 27. On Friday, November 28, the Alexandria Black History Museum and the Friendship Firehouse Museum will be closed; the Alexandria Archaeology Museum will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and The Lyceum and the Fort Ward Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hotlines: All emergency hotlines operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including the child protective services hotline at 703.746.5800; the domestic violence hotline at 703.746.4911; the emergency services for mental health or substance abuse crisis hotline at 703.746.3401; and the sexual assault hotline at 703.683.7273.

Libraries: All Alexandria Library branches will be closed on November 27 and 28.

Parking: The Alexandria Police Department will suspend enforcement of parking restrictions at metered spaces, residential permit parking districts and other areas with signed parking time limits, on November 27 and 28. This suspension of enforcement applies only to the restrictions at legal parking spaces, and does not permit parking in any location normally prohibited (for example, no parking zones, loading zones, or spaces for persons with disabilities).

Recreation Centers: All City of Alexandria recreation centers, including the Chinquapin Recreation Center, will be closed on November 27. The Chinquapin Recreation Center will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on November 28. The Charles Houston, Cora Kelly and William Ramsay Recreation Centers will open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on November 28. All other neighborhood recreation centers will be closed.

Schools: All Alexandria City Public Schools will be closed from Wednesday, November 26, through Friday, November 28.

State Offices: The Circuit Court will be closed on November 27 and 28. The General District Court, and the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court will close at noon on November 26, and will remain closed on November 27 and 28. The Department of Motor Vehicles office at 2681 Mill Road will be closed Thursday, November 27, through Saturday, November 29, and will reopen on Monday, December 1.

Transit: Alexandria Transit Company’s DASH bus service will not operate on Thursday, November 27, and will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Friday, November 28. On November 27, the free King Street Trolley will operate on its regular schedule, running every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. On Friday, November 28, Trolley service will begin operating at 6 a.m. and will run every 15 minutes until midnight in support of the Old Town Black Friday Sale.